The Electoral Commission is set to release it's final recommendations to the public at a meeting at the Town Hall on the 11th January at 9:30am. They will be presenting to the Privileges and Procedures Committee the day before.
I will be at the meeting, open to be impressed, but ready to criticise if need be. I'd urge as many that can get the morning off work to come to the meeting too.
I'm not going to make any concrete predictions of what will be in the report because I doubt it will be radically different to the preliminary report. But I had heard rumours about a change to the format for the referendum, but looking at the language used in their press release, it appears that may not be the case. We'll have to wait and see.
The format of the referendum will be crucial to how progressives should approach the subject.
The most disappointing thing they could do, will be to have not changed their mind about having a two question referendum. As I and many others who are not affiliated with Reform Jersey have said, two questions makes it virtually impossible to back the reforms, because our votes could end up backing a result in the second question by the result we voted against in the first question. This would flaw the entire process and would mean having to campaign against the whole thing. If the referendum is a single question, then we can campaign positively, which is what we want to do.
So to decide how we act once we know the questions and the exact proposals, we will need a meeting to co-ordinate a strategy.
Reform Jersey is going to be doing a group meeting of our activists in the next week or so. If you are someone that has agreed with what we have been doing/ saying so far and want to contribute, please feel free to send me your email address (I will not publish it) and I can add you to our mailing list so you know when the meetings are and when you can come and be a part of it all.